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Love from Mecca to Medina

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literally idk where zayneb begins and dina ends (except for the part she has adam chen and i dont have my version of adam chen. One aspect I questioned was if the amount of free mixing between unrelated men and women in this book – and indeed a number of “halal romance” books in recent years – was excessive considering it sets something of an example for how young Muslims interact appropriately with the opposite gender.

Just off this charming, hygge-ful space is the master bedroom: a lush, intimate oasis of peace and comfort. Sometimes it was a page turner because of how frustrating the conflict was (combined with how desperately I wanted Adam and Zayneb to resolve their issues instead of ruining their umrah). Adam hides his unemployment and growing concerns about how his developing MS will affect their relationship.

Admittedly, it was well-written and easy to read and I appreciated the bits of seerah/islamic stories included even when they're quite random. Anyways, I personally could relate to Zaynab in the book so much when she didn't feel that spiritual because her mind was scattered and she planned something else. Having said that, I certainly wouldn’t want to suggest that it is the responsibility of one book to raise Muslims who understand gender relation norms in Islam. There was just One Kiss but I hope you don’t come after them because, you know, they’re married and it’s perfectly Halal. Adam is thrilled; it’s the reboot he needs and an opportunity to pray for a hijra in real life: to migrate to Zayneb in Chicago.

I expected their omra as a newly married couple would bring them closer and they would be more aligned in their hearts. So this inaccurate cultural detail caused another major issue/conflict in the book and it just made it less convincing and more plot-driven than anything.

The conclusion was also PERFECTION (which is a major reason why I didn't rate this book lower lol) - both Adam and Zayneb go through a lot of growth, and it's just such a happy feels-good ending.

Saints and Misfits", and her second novel, "Love from A to Z", were both best YA books of the year as named by Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and the American Library Association. For me it was like there was this subconscious idea that a non-Muslim reader is reading over my shoulder so even though the descriptions and explanations are tedious I should suffer through for them. K. Ali makes very clear from the start, this story is one to challenge all those romantic tales that end with the wedding; she wants to show us – in all its messy ups and downs – what comes next! K. Ali's writing style because I can confirm that the spirituality she brings to this book is stunning, but I'm attempting to explain the detached mentality I had while reading certain chapters. But the trip is nothing like what they expect, from the appearance of Adam’s ex in their traveling group to the anxiety gripping Zayneb everywhere they go.

we go from makkah to madinah (sorry i really can't stand the way it's spelled in the book) on an umrah journey, where both adam and zayneb (but prerogatively adam) are hoping to reconnect. When you know that and believe it and act upon it, everything and everyone around you will feel at peace with you. The name is enough of a giveaway that they would visit Mecca and Medina so yes it about that and so much more.

Her widely acclaimed second novel, LOVE FROM A TO Z, a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, was an Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Young Adult Book of 2019 and a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist . there was a obvious lack of communication between them at certain times which made complete sense (they’re a fairly new couple who were both dealing with their own issues and didn’t want to burden each other). And I will keep praying for a day when we have more stories like this and ignorance towards all of what Islam entails doesn't exist anymore.

She set her laptop on a cushion and jumped off the sofa to run upstairs, anxiety pressing harder as she headed to her brother’s workroom. Moreover, Zaynab and Adam's struggle in their relationship worried me so much ngl but, after reading a few chapters they all went away. Another thing I would like to add is that the Prophet (PBUH) met his wife Sayeda Maymunah during Umrah.

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